The very professional and rather slick website for Direct Taxis of Nuneaton states that they specialise in the usual list of local services, plus long-distance travel. Little did they know how long distance this particular booking would be!
As all PHTM football fans will know, the Champions League Final will have taken place in Kiev by the time you read this article. However, what you may not know is the horrendous travel difficulties Liverpool fans had been having, the number of flights that were cancelled, and the extortionate prices they had to pay if they did get a flight, in order to attend the Champions League final match between Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Direct Taxis Nuneaton to the rescue! Six Liverpool fans contacted the company and booked one of their private hire vehicles to take them to Kiev in the Ukraine for the match on Saturday, 26 May. (Sorry we don’t have the result for you in time for this edition!) They had been quoted ridiculous prices for the flights – that’s not including the hotel accommodation for the duration of their stay – of £1400 each, a total of £8,400.
Instead, proprietor Alan Lawson took the six fans in his silver minibus, pictured, for £2,200 all-in. Alan told us he’d seen the Facebook page where Liverpool fans had posted about their difficulties getting flights, and the rip-off prices of both flights and hotel bookings. What a saving! – and what a fare for Direct Taxis (Alan did the journey himself – boss’s privilege).
As we were putting together this article we spoke to Alan as he was driving, and they were approaching the border of Poland and the Ukraine and had another 90 or so miles to travel that day to get to Kiev.
Instead of staying in the original hotel, they all went camping – including Alan – for the couple of nights surrounding the match, with a 24-hour journey each way to get to Kiev and back to the UK – that’s 1,800 miles each way. They set off on Wednesday 23rd May at 11pm; following the match they left Kiev on Sunday morning 27 May and were scheduled to arrive back in the UK on Monday evening.
No doubt Alan’s six passengers had a far better travel experience than most of the Liverpool fans who flew out to Kiev! – whatever the result of the match. Direct Taxis certainly lived up to its name on this occasion.